Personalized Learning Certificate

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Program Description

The Department of Instructional Technology in the Bagwell College of Education is offering a Personalized Learning "Certificate" program. This Certificate program is designed for educators who do NOT hold a Georgia PSC clear, renewable teaching certificate. If you do hold a clear, renewable GA teaching certificate, please apply to the Personalized Learning "Endorsement" program.

The purpose of the program is to provide learners with foundational understanding of what personalized learning is, and the competencies necessary to effectively personalize a classroom or course. Learners demonstrate ten competencies as outlined in the Personalized Learning standards and plan how to personalize their own classrooms. The program consists of 3 courses (ITEC 7600, ITEC 7602, and ITEC 7603) that include the following competencies: Prioritized Executive Function, Learner Agency, Asset-based Dispositions, Growth and Mastery Mindset, Authentic and Adaptive Assessment, Flexible Education Resources, Individualized Path, Dynamic Communication, Expanded Collaboration, and Life-Long Professional Learning. 

The Personalized Learning Certificate will be the first Personalized Learning certificate for K-12 teachers in the state of Georgia. Learners will use field experiences in the second and third courses to transform learning experiences in their classrooms to be more personalized for K-12 students. This program models personalized learning in the online context through constructivist pedagogies and one-on-one learner-and-instructor co-planning conversations. It is a high-quality graduate program that is collaborative, innovative, and respectful of human and cultural diversity. 

When all requirements have been completed, the three courses will appear on your KSU transcript under Personalized Learning Certificate.

Program of Study

SEMESTER I - Summer
ITEC 7600 Personalized Learning and Technology-Rich Environments (3)

SEMESTER II - Fall
ITEC 7602 Creating a Culture of Personalized Learning (3)
During this course, you will develop personalized classroom systems and learning experiences that you will implement with your K-12 students. 

SEMESTER III - Spring
ITEC 7603 Employing the Processes of Personalized Learning (3)
During this course, you will develop personalized classroom systems and learning experiences that you will implement with your K-12 students.

TOTAL CREDITS - 9 hours
3 courses - 3 semesters - 1 year - Summer/Fall/Spring

If you are a school or district and would like to enroll an entire cohort of teachers in the Personalized Learning Certificate program, we may be able to offer a different schedule than the one posted above. Please email the Program Coordinator, Dr. Traci Redish, at tredish@kennesaw.edu.

ITEC 7600 Personalized Learning & Technology Rich Environments (Pre-req to ITEC 7602 and ITEC 7603) This course introduces classroom teachers to personalized learning in technology rich environments. Candidates will learn to compare and contrast various visions and definitions of personalized learning, evaluate and plan the use of technologies that support personalized learning environments, explain a mastery philosophy of teaching, identify the essential conditions of personalized learning, and devise a plan for change toward personalized learning that addresses short-term and long-term goals. This course provides the candidate with a broader initial understanding of how personalized learning came about and where it is likely going in the future of schools.

ITEC 7602 Creating a Culture of Personalized Learning 
This course prepares teachers to foster a culture of personalized learning in their classrooms through course readings and instructional media. Through course assignments candidates will demonstrate mastery of the teacher personalized learning standards and competencies defined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, including Executive Function, Learner Agency, Asset-Based Dispositions, Growth and Mastery Mindset, and Expanded Collaboration. This course provides the learner with an opportunity for deeper exploration and understanding of how to create the culture required for personalized learning to be enacted effectively.

ITEC 7603 Employing the Processes of Personalized Learnin
This course coaches classroom teachers to employ the processes of personalized learning. Candidates will demonstrate mastery of the essential conditions including Authentic and Adaptive Assessment, Flexible Educational Resources, Individualized Path, Dynamic Communication, and Life-Long Professional Learning. This course provides the learner with an opportunity for deeper exploration and understanding of how to create the culture required for personalized learning to be enacted effectively.

How do I Apply

*NOTE: All Personalized Learning Certificate candidates must have access/permission to teach a group of K-12 students during the fall and spring semesters in ITEC 7602 and ITEC 7603. This is typically provided through a candidate's full time job. Other arrangements are permitted, but not provided. This placement is the responsibility of the candidate.

Complete the Online Graduate Application, if you are not currently a KSU Student. 
Complete the Personalized Learning Program Application.
The PLE Coordinator will contact you if additional application materials are required.

Admission Requirements

Please review admission requirements to the Personalized Learning Certificate program.

Contact Us

For more information please Contact Dr. Laurie Dias - ldias@kennesaw.edu.

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